Chris Rock covers the latest issue of New York Magazine where he dishes on the film Top Five and the Bill Cosby-scandal.
Chris Rock may be on the verge of a huge career spike. While he’s already considered one of the funniest men alive, his box office success hasn’t necessarily matched his comedy prowess. But that could all change with the release of the film Top Five (December 5th), which has garnered great reviews from critics. And did we mention that he wrote and directed it?
In New York Magazine, the comedian posed for the cover and sat for an interview that covered Ferguson, President Barack Obama, the deaths of Joan Rivers and Robin Williams and of course…Bill Cosby.
Read excerpts from the interview:
On Joan Rivers…
Great person, underrated comedian. Who the hell’s funnier than Joan Rivers? That whole reference thing: Joan updated constantly. Okay, these Liz Taylor jokes are gone, and they are now Lindsay Lohan jokes. The compliment you give of a comedian is: Who wants to follow them onstage? Nobody wanted to follow Joan Rivers, ever. Even in her 80s, nobody wanted to follow her.Chris Rock
You’ve always been incredibly respectful and a fan of great comedians ahead of you. Have any ever been disdainful of you?
I mean, maybe Cosby early on, but he turned pretty quick. Other than that, nobody.Chris Rock
What do you make of what’s happening to Cosby now?
I don’t know what to say. What do you say? I hope it’s not true. That’s all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it’s not true. It’s a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby.Chris Rock
Let’s talk about Obama a bit. You have been a fan. Have you ever met him?
Yeah, a couple times.Chris Rock
And what did you make of him?
Kind of cool. I always say, cooler than most politicians, not as cool as actual cool people. He’s not cool like Jay Z’s cool. He’s not Eddie Murphy. But in a world of politicians …[/quote]
When he first came on the scene, we learned he listened to Jay Z. He watched The Wire. Do you think he has had any effect on pop culture?
I’m not sure. I mean, time will tell, and what I mean by “time will tell” is: We’ll see who gets into politics. That’s the real test. In a weird way, him saying he listens to Jay Z — it’s kind of revolutionary, because he’s of the age that he’s supposed to listen to that stuff. And so he’s a little more himself than most politicians. We’ll see if more politicians end up being just themselves.Chris Rock
What do you think of how he’s done? Here we are in the last two years of his presidency, and there’s a sense among his supporters of disappointment, that he’s disengaged.
I’m trying to figure out the right analogy. Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there’s a little more peace. Not as much peace as we’d like, but I mean, that’s kind of the gig. I don’t recall anybody leaving on an up. It’s just that kind of job. I mean, the liberals that are against him feel let down because he’s not Bush. And the thing about George Bush is that the kid revolutionized the presidency. How? He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?Chris Rock
What has Obama done wrong?
When Obama first got elected, he should have let it all just drop.Chris Rock
Let what drop?
Just let the country flatline. Let the auto industry die. Don’t bail anybody out. In sports, that’s what any new GM does. They make sure that the catastrophe is on the old management and then they clean up. They don’t try to save old management’s mistakes.Chris Rock
Do your kids find you funny?
Sometimes. My daughter Lola was like, “Kevin Hart’s funnier than you.”Chris Rock
Has she seen your new movie?
No, it’s too risqué for her. I’ve got to watch a PG before I’ll let them see it.Chris Rock